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George R. R. Martin gives candid look at what informs his craft during Chicago Humanities Festival

George R.R. Martin (left), the author of the books which inspired HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ is interviewed by Eve L. Ewing (right), a University of Chicago professor.

Sam Rahman, Contributing Writer

October 13, 2019

The stage was dark and quiet as both dry ice fog and the iconic “Game of Thrones” opening credits song slowly worked themselves up from a slow churn to powerful waves of nostalgia. The music coming from this Chicago Humanities Festival event at Symphony Center on Friday night was produced by special gu...

Emmys Recap: ‘Fleabag,’ ‘SNL,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ win big

Nate Burleyson, Assistant Sports Editor

September 23, 2019

The 71st Emmys took place Sunday night as the biggest and brightest stars pulled up to the purple carpet to celebrate television and all it has to offer. This year's ceremony saw a mix of awards given out to a great number of shows. The big winners of the night were “Fleabag,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”...

Fandoms: the good, bad of today’s hyper-engaged audiences

Fandoms: the good, bad of today's hyper-engaged audiences

Holyn Thigpen, Contributing Writer

May 28, 2019

Has “fan” become a dirty word? Once a marker of one’s passion for a film, tv show or franchise; now, an excuse to whine, demand and pester the world’s top creators. The rise of Internet culture has allowed fans unprecedented opportunities to discuss and criticize their favorite content, using...

What’s Fresh on HBO: Series Finale Edition

What's Fresh on HBO: Series Finale Edition

Benjamin Conboy and Doug Klain, Editor-in-Chief and Opinions Editor

May 20, 2019

"Veep" "Veep," the highly decorated political satire, has finally come to an end. And in line with its trademark cynicism, it ended on a dark note. The final season chronicles Selina Meyer, played by a Julie Louis-Dreyfus at the top of her game, and her attempt to regain the presidency. And this time...

‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ reminds GoT fans why they love watching

Jaime Lannister returns to Winterfell.

Doug Klain, Opinions Editor

April 22, 2019

This week, “Game of Thrones” reminded fans exactly what made it one of the most successful shows in the world by taking characters they’ve spent a decade with and throwing them all under one roof—and the results were heartwarming, weighted and hilarious. After last week’s table-setting episode,...

“Game of Thrones”: 5 must-see episodes

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Kevin Donahue, Contributing Writer

April 8, 2019

To watch every episode of Game of Thrones would take 2 days, 15 hours and 30 minutes. That is over 63 hours of one of the most talked-about shows ever. However, many people may be out of the loop come April 14. That is when the first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones will air on HBO. ...

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: Who run the world?

Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage. photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

Ben Gartland

June 27, 2016

Winter is here. It arrived in full force during the packed Game of Thrones Season 6 finale "Winds of Winter," and the landscape of the show has seismically changed. Bells did not ring in Kings' Landing as predicted last week. Instead, they were destroyed by the actions of Cersei. She set up a trap, ...

Game of Thrones: Dog Days of Winterfell

Sophie Turner, Kit Harington. photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

Ben Gartland

June 20, 2016

It was a night of jubilation in Sunday night's Game of Thrones episode 'Battle of Bastards.' While there is always the moral grey area of watching a character brutally die, the case of Ramsay Bolton warrants cheering. As the subtle episode title would suggest, the majority of the episode revolves a...

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Where my dogs at?

'Game of Thrones' recap: Where my dogs at?

Erin Yarnall

June 6, 2016

I’m pretty sure all “Game of Thrones” fans were on the same page when they assumed HBO accidentally started playing a random movie instead of last night’s episode, “The Broken Man.” The scene was of an idyllic village, where people worked together happily — sounds like nothing out of the...

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Coldhands

'Game of Thrones' recap: Coldhands

Erin Yarnall

May 30, 2016

“Game of Thrones” fans were still recovering from the deep wound left by last week’s episode (I will never hear ‘hold the door’ without being heartbroken again), only to have to endure not being able to watch Jon Snow this week. Will this show ever give its fans a break? Thankfully, anoth...

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Hold the door

'Game of Thrones' recap: Hold the door

Ben Savage

May 23, 2016

Hold the door. You can’t laugh anymore. Hodor, a character that seemed to be literally created as an extra body, has now ascended into the realm of tragedy and incredible storytelling. Episode five’s climax comes with Hodor helping Bran and Meera escape The Night’s King and his army of extras from ...

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Reunited and it feels so good

'Game of Thrones' recap: Reunited and it feels so good

Kirsten Onsgard

May 15, 2016

It's about time we got some good news for some down and nearly out characters on "Game of Thrones." First, the long awaited Stark reunion. For a season fraught with waiting and long journeys, Sansa sure seemed to make it to Castle Black with Brienne relatively quickly - but never mind that. Sans...

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